Main Conference Presenters

Bonnie Andrews, PHD

Bonnie Andrews, MPH, Ph.D., is the Research Manager for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. She also previously served as a Research Reviewer for the Commission. Andrews has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UMass Boston and is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. She also has an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Tufts University School of Medicine. She previously served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Statistics and Evaluation in the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Wen Li Anthony, PhD

Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Scientific Director for Video Gaming and eSports at the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on problematic technology use, including video gaming, esports, gambling and other interactive technologies, as a behavioral addiction. She studies the etiology and risk mechanisms of problematic technology use, develops and validates measures for these problems, and develops and evaluates interventions that can ameliorate these problems among adolescents and young adults.

Allyson Auerbach

Allyson Auerbach, MPH, Director in Research and Evaluation, where she develops comprehensive research plans, conducts community health assessments and health impact assessments and evaluates the impact of health programs. Ms. Auerbach has significant quantitative and qualitative research experience organizing, collecting, analyzing, and reporting data for numerous community health assessments and program evaluations. Ms. Auerbach previously served as Qualitative Data Lead for the IL Gambling Needs Assessment. Ms. Auerbach has been the project manager and core researcher for over a dozen community health assessments and health impact assessments. For these assessments, she has conducted hundreds of interviews and focus groups with various community stakeholders, including healthcare providers, school officials and students, health department leadership and staff, law enforcement officials, parents, seniors, and youth. Ms. Auerbach’s areas of expertise include qualitative research and analysis using NVivo, health impact assessments, behavioral health, and community development and health. Before joining HRiA, Ms. Auerbach worked in Southeastern Massachusetts, providing technical assistance and training to community health coalitions regarding assessment, planning, and implementation of policy, systems, and environmental strategies related to behavioral health. She has worked for 15 years on community-based public health across the U.S. and Peru. Ms. Auerbach holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Haverford College and a master’s in public health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Long Banh

Long Banh serves as a Program Manager with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. He works collaboratively with casino operators and other stakeholders on various casino and community-based initiatives to build a sustainable and socially responsible industry in the state. Banh received his Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College and his Master’s in Business Administration from Fitchburg State University. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with clinical experience in community-based and acute settings with addiction, HIV/AIDS, and mental health issues.

Jody Bechtold, ICGC-II, BACC

Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, IGDC, CGT, is a highly regarded gambling addiction expert working extensively with individuals and organizations worldwide. She is the CEO of The Better Institute. Bechtold is the co-author of The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (2021) and two chapters in the Social Work Desk Reference V4 on Gambling and Gaming Disorders, published in 2022. She has several certifications (ICGC-II, IGDC, BACC, CGT) and is an International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) board member. Jody holds a Master’s in social work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work.

Gregory Below

Gregory Below is the Director of Helpline Services at Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling with 19 years of combined experience helping callers in crisis struggling with gambling problems, substance use disorder and those experiencing suicidal thoughts. He started as a Helpline Specialist and moved to Reports Coordinator. He developed the Helplines Data and Reports system. He went on to become Program Manager and in 2019, Greg became the Director of Helpline Services. During the height of COVID-19, Greg developed and implemented procedures to maintain an in-person Helpline 24/7 and established a remote work plan. Greg is the caring person on the other end of the line.

Cassandra Belton

Cassandra Belton is an educational professional who has struggled with compulsive gambling since her mid-twenties. She is in recovery and has started a weekly online group for Black women struggling with compulsive gambling.

Amanda Blackford

Amanda Blackford currently serves as Director of Operations & Problem Gambling Services for the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Amanda has dedicated the majority of her professional career to strive to improving Ohio’s problem gambling continuum of care. Working with treatment and prevention experts across the state and nationally, she has helped develop informed State policies and programs to aid those who may be struggling. Amanda received her Bachelors in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.

Matt Blanks

Matt Blanks is the Service Manager for Peer Aid at Betknowmore UK. Peer Aid sits within the National Gambling Treatment Service in the United Kingdom. Matt Blanks worked in the Gambling industry for 16 years as a betting shop manager. During this period, he developed a gambling addiction which caused harm to himself and the people around him. Matt found recovery through Betknowmore UK in 2018 and has grown the Peer Aid service from a London pilot scheme to a national model.

Suzanne Bourgeois, JD

Suzanne Bourgeois has been an Assistant Attorney General in the Gaming Division at the Louisiana Department of Justice for eight years. Suzanne helped to establish the Problem Gambling Resource Services program and has been the Program Manager since it was established in 2018. Before becoming an Assistant Attorney General, she investigated complaints regarding ethical and licensing violations for the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. Before attending law school, Suzanne worked at the Terrebonne Mental Health Clinic and the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Terrebonne General Medical Center.

James Broussard, PhD

Dr. Broussard is an assistant professor at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He earned his B.S. in psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. He completed his internship and clinical residency training at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. Throughout his career, Dr. Broussard has engaged in clinical research and is a published author on various topics. His current research addresses the use of technology in treating addictive disorders, specifically interventions that benefit underserved populations.

Cory Brown

Cory Brown, MPA, OCPC, ICPS, is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) currently serving as the Manager of Problem Gambling Services at the Ohio Casino Control Commission. As a part of his role with the Commission, Cory manages the Ohio Voluntary Exclusion Program (Time Out Ohio) and oversees the responsible gaming plans of Ohio’s four casinos and Ohio’s sports gaming proprietors. Cory also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Problem Gambling Advisory Board, where he co-chairs the Workforce Development Committee. Cory received his Master of Public Administration from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service.

Kaitlin Brown, ICGC-II, IGDC, BACC

As Senior Director of Programs and Services with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, Kaitlin oversees the statewide helpline, training, and prevention initiatives. Kaitlin has provided therapy to those with gambling disorders and has presented on the state, regional and national level. Kaitlin has dedicated her career to increasing community awareness of the overall impact of gambling related harm. Kaitlin is currently the Vice Chair for the NCPG Prevention and Helpline Committees. In 2021, Kaitlin was honored with the Jim Wuelfing Prevention Award for advancing the field of problem gambling prevention.

Julia Brunson

Julia Brunson joined the National Council on Problem Gambling in May 2022 as a Communications Administrator. In this position, she assists in the development of multi-channel content, manages social media accounts, and helps execute communications strategy across all NCPG digital channels. Julia is an experienced communicator with several years of marketing and development experience in a non-profit setting. She has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has received several leadership certificates and fellowships in DEI and social justice work.

Raquel Buari, JD

Raquel holds a BS in Legal Studies/Political Science from Ball State University, JD from Valparaiso University and is licensed to practice law in Michigan. Raquel is a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and holds the position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Compliance for her tribe’s Four Winds Casino operations in Michigan and Indiana, where she has been for nearly 15 years. Raquel is on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling, as well as the Indiana and Michigan state affiliates – ICPG and MAPG. Raquel is married with four children.

Robert Bumbaco

Robert Bumbaco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Mental Coach, former Division 1 athlete, and COO of The Better Institute. While playing competitive hockey, Rob noticed gaps in the support and services available to his fellow athletes. Combining his mental health training and experience on the ice, Rob has created tools to support athletes and provide education and prevention services for mental health and at-risk behaviors.

Michael Burnett, PhD

Michael Burnett is a Professor and Department Head at LSU. Completed undergraduate degree from Clemson University. Complete Ph.D. in 1980 from Ohio State University. He is active in undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, the department’s research program, and service activities at the university, community, state, and national levels for over 42 years as faculty at LSU. His research results have been published in at least ten different research journals.

Michael Buzzelli

Michael A. Buzzelli, MA, MPH, has served as the Associate Director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio since February 2020. Buzzelli serves on the Ohio Problem Gambling Advisory Board and the Affiliate and Prevention committees of NCPG. Buzzelli oversees workforce development initiatives for professionals and organizations and manages a Warm Transfer Line. His other professional interests include working with university students and leadership to create and implement sustainable programming, building interdisciplinary partnerships and promoting collaboration across the field. Buzzelli received his Master of Public Health from Kent State University, and a Master’s in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University.

Alessandro Ciaffoncini

Alessandro is the President of Origo Branding Company, a cause marketing agency that leads statewide and national campaigns that build awareness around critical topics, which he presents at both statewide and national conferences on creating communication strategies to address critical public health issues, including preventing Rx drug abuse, domestic violence, and the campaign efforts to promote responsible gambling on behalf of Ohio for Responsible Gambling for our statewide initiative, titled Get Set Before You Bet.

Jacob coin

Jacob Coin brings more than 25 years of experience in intergovernmental affairs, communications, and public policy to his role as Vice President and Executive Advisor to San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. He is founding executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, and served as Executive Director of the National Indian Gaming Association in Washington, D.C. He also served as the Executive Director of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. Today, in addition to his responsibilities with San Manuel, he serves as a member of the UNLV Gaming Law Advisory Board.

Christina Cook

Christina Cook is the founder/host of The Broke Girl Society Podcast and Co-host of The Bet Free Life on YouTube. In recovery from compulsive gambling since March 2021, Christina spends much of her time advocating and spreading awareness of the hope and help available to those still struggling from gambling harm.

Anita Costales

Anita Costales, BSN, grew up in Ecuador and brought a special passion for working with the Hispanic community in Delaware. She taught Spanish for ten years at St. Ann’s Episcopal School in Middletown, DE. She also conducted youth groups for La Esperanza to help identify the challenges of Hispanic teens living in the U.S. by providing kids with a safe environment to share their experiences with acculturation. These groups also provided prevention information about substance use disorders. Anita now works full-time as a Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems Prevention Services for Youth Team, delivering presentations on gambling and gaming in Spanish to Middle and High School students in ESL classes and providing translation to bilingual Spanish students in Health classes. She also translates for DCGP treatment providers with Spanish-speaking patients.

Jaime Costello

Jaime Costello is the Director of Programs at the National Council on Problem Gambling and is currently leading the modernization of the National Problem Gambling Helpline. In addition, she oversees planning, development, and evaluation of NCPG programs, supports strategic planning efforts through consistent monitoring, and serves as a spokesperson for national problem gambling efforts. Jaime is an experienced public health professional with over fifteen years of experience working in the problem gambling field.  She is passionate about engaging the community in change efforts and emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary work. Jaime received her Master of Public Health from the University of New England, and lives with her family in the Adirondack Park. 

Jonathan crandall

Jonathan Crandall is the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG). Through his work, Jonathan advocates for increased awareness of problem gambling among our service members and veterans. Jonathan also connects those who have served and their family members struggling with problem gambling to the treatment services they deserve. Jonathan is a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate (CRPA), certified in Veteran-Supported Recovery (VSR), co-chair of the military committee for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Keuka College.

Kenny Crawford

As a Peer for the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, Kenny assists individuals within Maryland struggling with problems related to gambling and gambling addiction to navigate recovery treatment resources and helps remove any barriers to recovery. He has dedicated his life to helping others with gambling problems by sharing his personal story of recovery. Kenny has a great passion for outdoor life, boating, fishing, hiking, and capturing nature’s tranquility through his photography. Kenny comes from a background in Carpentry and is grateful to help others achieve a balanced life through his knowledge and experience.

Kiia Crawford

A Maryland and Northern Virginia native, Kiia supported research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a year during educational pursuits before enlisting in the United States Navy in 2011. As a 12-year veteran, Kiia spent her career sailing the Pacific in support of U.S. and allied interests, supporting Naval Special Warfare, and working at a Washington, D.C. shore site. During her time in the Navy, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Currently, she is enrolled in a Post-Baccalaureate program and is a prospective medical school candidate.

Jennifer Davis-Walton, ICGC-II

Jennifer Davis-Walton, M.A., ICGC-II has worked primarily in problem gambling since 2007 and previously served as the Director of Gambling Addiction Services at First Choice Services, Inc. where she managed the PGHNWV and the VCPG Helpline. She is now the Director of Gambling Services at the Virginia Partnership for Gaming and Health at VCU. Jennifer is a member of NCPG, serves as chair of the Helpline Committee, and as a member of the Membership Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors for and is a member of NAADGS, is part of the Standards of Care and DEI workgroups.

Susan Diamond

Susan Diamond joined the Office of Responsible Gambling in May of 2022 and serves as a Lottery Problem Gambling Advocate. In her 27 years tenure, she has held positions in the Lottery’s Operations, Marketing and Executive divisions. She currently oversees the Voluntary Exclusion Program, prevention advertising campaigns and special responsible gambling projects. She had taken an active role in the Lottery’s commitment to responsible gambling over the past 8 years in her previous role. Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.

Stephanie Diez-Morel, PhD, IGDC, BACC

Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel is an associate professor of graduate social work at Pennsylvania Western University, Edinboro Campus. She is an international trainer and speaker and has presented clinical courses to help professionals worldwide. She has collaborated on and authored scientific studies, presentations and journal articles, as well as appeared in international media on various radio, podcasts, and news outlets to discuss the topics of addictions, gaming disorder and other behavioral health concerns. In 2013, Dr. Diez-Morel founded Reboot & Recover, a nonprofit dedicated to finding solutions for a balanced living in a technology-driven world.

Angela DiRosa

Angela DiRosa is the Director of Call Operations with the NY Council on Problem Gambling. Angela maintains the regionally-based system to ensure callers are connected with local support and resources while exploring innovative ideas to enhance the system of care for people in NYS impacted by problem gambling. Previously, she served as the Program Manager for the Western NY PGRC, assisting with outreach efforts, building a robust problem gambling service network, and connecting individuals to the needed resources. Angela has worked in a similar field conducting training, advocacy and policy change with the NYS Bureau of Tobacco Control.

nani Dodson

Nani Dodson has over 15 years of experience in the youth development field, working at local, state, and national levels on underage gambling prevention initiatives. Nani is a Program Analyst with the California Friday Night Live Partnership and has guided the statewide implementation of the Betting On Our Future (BOOF) program since its inception in 2007. BOOF provides opportunities for young people to: raise awareness of underage gambling, share resources for those in need, and engage the local community in creating positive social change.

Fiona DonovaN

Fiona Donovan attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.S. in Psychobiology in 2021. After completing her degree, she joined the UCLA Gambling Studies Program in the role of Research Coordinator. Fiona leads a team of Research Assistants in collecting follow-up data from individuals who have participated in state-funded treatment for problem gambling. In addition, she conducts an annual survey of the treatment program’s provider network to gain valuable feedback from the individuals who are in direct contact with clients every day.

Brianne doura-schawohl

Brianne Doura-Schawohl is founder of Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC. She most recently served as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management, a global harm prevention consultancy, conducting work in over 24 countries. Prior to her role at EPIC, Brianne served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Her experience includes a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, and communications.

Amy Frederick

Ms. Frederick, CPS, is the Workforce Development Project Manager at Prevention Insights in the Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Her credentials include a Master of Education degree and an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist. She has a track record of successful implementation and training in workforce development, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), problem gambling, health consciousness, and stress resilience & thriving. She has performed funded work for federal and state agencies, including the National Institutes of Health & the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, and other organizations.

Hector Garcia, ICGC-II

Hector Garcia is the Inter-Agency Treatment Expansion Director for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, providing screening, assessment, staff education and psycho-educational groups at several SA/MH agencies in Delaware. He has been a treatment provider for DCGP for the past 22 years. He facilitated a treatment program for the incarcerated population at a prison in Delaware for over 20 years. He oversees a gambling certification program for clinicians working in Delaware and is currently working with Dr. Deborah Haskins for 15 people in ministry to achieve the IGCCB Clergy Certification. He is a husband, father and proud PopPop.

Kelly Garza

Kelly is a Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III with GAMB Endorsement, Certified Prevention Consultant, and Tobacco Treatment Specialist in Ohio. She is the Prevention Services Coordinator at the Zepf Center in Toledo, Ohio, a PGNO Board member, and a 2021 Graduate of The Ohio Gambling Treatment Fellowship Program, where PAWS was her project. Kelly’s career spans over 25 years, with highlights in Animal Assisted Interventions & Canine Assisted Learning programs. She is the recipient of a Senatorial Citation from Ohio State Senator Teresa Fedor for her work with therapy dogs with abuse victims.

christian genetski, jd

Christian serves as President of FanDuel Group, and in that role has management oversight for the company’s business and corporate development, partnership, government affairs, responsible gaming and communications functions. Christian joined FanDuel in 2015, taking the President role in 2022. Previously FanDuel’s Chief Legal Officer, Genetski has played a historic role working with legislators, regulators and industry counterparts across the United States to unlock sports betting in the U.S., build the regulatory framework operators follow, and do so in a manner that positioned FanDuel for success. Prior to joining FanDuel, Genetski was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Electronic Software Association (ESA), the U.S. trade group for the video game industry, a partner in AmLaw 50 law firms, and a co-founder of his own boutique firm. Genetski also served as a federal prosecutor in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. He holds a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College and earned his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Elizabeth Hall, PhD

Elizabeth Hall is a researcher at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP) and the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program. During 25 years of addiction and mental health research, she has managed multi-site projects investigating SUD treatment. Hall has authored numerous papers and reports on treatment outcomes for those receiving mental health, substance use, and gambling disorders treatment. She is Research Manager for UGSP and Principal Investigator for the Independent Peer Review Project evaluating SAMHSA-funded SUD and MH treatment programs. Her research interests include evaluating the efficacy of addiction services, improving long-term outcomes for those receiving treatment for addictions, and using qualitative and longitudinal study methodology.

Leigh Harwood

Leigh is an energetic impact player committed to building operational and financial capacity for transformational, mission-driven organizations. Leigh started her career in New Orleans at Dancing Grounds, an arts and social justice nonprofit, where she served for more than five years in development, marketing, and leadership roles. Leigh received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tulane University and her MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. While in business school, Leigh focused her studies on sustainability and social impact and graduated with a Certificate in Sustainable Business.

Deborah Haskins, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC, Clergy Certification

Dr. Haskins is a retired Counselor Educator and received her Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University (MD). She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and an Approved Supervisor. Dr. Haskins is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor- II, Board Approved Clinical Consultant, International Clergy Lay Problem Gambling and Spiritual Outreach, Master Addictions Counselor, and IGCCB Certified Gambling Trainer. Dr. Haskins has trained mental health professionals to understand disordered gambling and provide culturally relevant services. She has received, among other awards, the NCPG Don Hulen Annual Award for Advocacy Leadership (2017) and the Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy (2021).

Brian Hatch

As part of his recovery journey, Brian started talking about his gambling in a podcast. For 8 years and over 330 podcast episodes, Brian has talked about gambling harm to help spread awareness and resources available.

Carolyn Hawley, PhD

Carolyn Hawley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Counseling, College of Health Professions, at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of the Virginia Partnership for Gaming and Health. She is President of the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling. She has experience in counseling, training, research and education in treatment, employment and community service needs of individuals with disabilities. Carolyn has served on numerous state and national boards. She has experience managing grants through the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, among many others.

Christopher Hebert, JD

Christopher Hebert is the Director of the Louisiana Attorney General Office’s Gaming Division. Mr. Hebert has served as an Assistant Attorney General for over 17 years. Attorney General Jeff Landry appointed him as Director of the Gaming Division in 2016. Under his leadership, the Problem Gambling Resource Services (PGRS) program was created in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health to bring awareness to the legal community about problem gambling and the FREE gambling treatment services available for all Louisiana residents. He currently serves as a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Advisory Board, the House of Delegates for the Louisiana State Bar Association and as an appointee to the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute. Mr. Hebert earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his law degree from the Southern University Law Center, where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2022. Christopher has spoken on various gaming-related topics in the U.S. and abroad.

Robert Henson

Robert Henson is a Certified Addictions Counselor and a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor who began his career in 2000. He has 17 years of experience as an Addictions Counselor, in the public and private sectors, in both outpatient and residential treatment settings. Mr. Henson currently serves as a Program Manager with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health, having held that position since 2017. As Program Manager, he provides program surveillance, monitoring and technical assistance to gambling, tobacco, and other substance use disorder programs, across the state, including the Problem Gambling Resource Services program.

George Hicks

George Hicks OCPC, ICPS, Executive Director, Arkbuilders: Mr. Hicks has over 25 years of program development and Ohio-based and international certifications as a prevention specialist. He is partnered with Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program. George coordinates programs in schools and communities for at-risk individuals. He works to identify the prevention needs of target populations. He also presents a variety of presentations and trainings in community settings for the gambling program. George has extensive experience working with urban youth in Columbus, Ohio. He has partnered with the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks, Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program, ArkBuilders Inc, Columbus Health Department, Asian American Community Services (AACS), Lead the Way Learning Academy, and Capital University.

William Hinman

As a Peer for the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, Will assists individuals within Maryland struggling with problems related to gambling and gambling addiction to navigate recovery treatment resources and help remove barriers to recovery. He comes from over 25 years of customer service and managerial experience. Will has a passion for working with others and sharing his lived experience in gambling recovery. He hopes that by sharing his own experience, strength, and hope, he can help others on the path to a new way of life one day at a time.

Anika Howard

Anika Howard is President and CEO of WONDR NATION where she drives the strategic vision, mission, operations, and company culture. Passionate about how innovation and creativity can transform player experiences, Anika is widely recognized for her ability to profitably steer gaming products into evolving territories. As an award-winning industry veteran, Anika brings a fresh approach from her 15+ years working with notable players within the gaming space where she developed interactive products and experiences. She is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion and uses her influence to amplify diverse voices to ultimately create a more dynamic and thriving industry.

Jamie Hummingbird

Jamie Hummingbird has twenty-five years’ experience in gaming regulation having been actively engaged in regulating tribal gaming facilities since 1998. He has testified before Congress regarding gaming regulation in Indian country on three occasions and has served on two NIGC advisory committees. Mr. Hummingbird has served as the Chairman of the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators since 2006.

Lindsay Kalbfleisch

Lindsay Kalbfleisch, Greo’s Stakeholder Engagement Lead, specializes in developing products, strategies, and learning events that mobilize evidence into action. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and has a decade of research and knowledge translation experience in the nonprofit and health and wellbeing sectors. Over the past five years, Lindsay’s work has focused on supporting evidence-based policy and practice among safer gambling stakeholders internationally.

Alison Kutler, jd

Alison Kutler serves as the Head of Responsible Gaming and Sustainability at FanDuel Group. In this role, she leads FanDuel’s Responsible Gaming strategy as well as Positive Impact Plan and Environmental, Social and Governance efforts.  Alison has more than 25 years experience in government and the private sector developing and leading business, regulatory, policy and public affairs strategies.  Alison received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University. 

Nora Larson

Nora Larson is a Prevention Specialist at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ohio, focusing on Smart Gaming and Problem Gambling. She works in the community, schools, and recovery agencies, providing prevention programming for all ages. In addition, she co-chairs the Cuyahoga Problem Gambling Coalition (CPGC). Nora received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Health and Development, minoring in Public Health, from the University of Arizona and her Master of Education in Community Health Promotion from Cleveland State University. She also holds a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification.

Mary Lay

Mary Lay, MPH, MCHES, CPS, is the Co-PI for the Indiana Adult Gambling Behavior survey. Ms. Lay is the Project Director for the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program at Prevention Insights in the Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Ms. Lay is Master Certified Health Education and a Certified Prevention Professional. Ms. Lay has over 30 years of training, policy development and program management experience in Addiction Prevention and Problem Gambling Services. Ms. Lay serves as the Operations Director for Prevention Insights, managing grant initiatives and employee operations for all faculty and staff.

Marc Lefkowitz, ICGC-II

Marc has been a certified gambling counselor for over 25 years. He worked for the UCLA Gambling Studies Program training therapists and coordinating outreach for California gambling treatment programs. He was Program Director for an inpatient gambling treatment program and developed gambling inpatient/outpatient programs. He currently is the Director of Programming for Kindbridge – a teletherapy company focusing on treatment for problem gamblers. Marc is a national speaker on gambling-related issues. In 2012 he received California’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2021 received the Jeff Beck National Recovery Award. He has over 40 years in recovery from gambling.

Jamey Lister, PhD

Jamey Lister, Ph.D., MSW, is an assistant professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work and an affiliate of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Lister received NCPG’s Durand Jacobs Dissertation Award in 2014. He has served on the Treatment Track Committee for NCPG’s annual conference and on the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling board. Dr. Lister leads gambling services research funded by the Kindbridge Research Institute and is Co-Director of the SAMHSA Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-R) covering New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Jade Luchauer

Jade Luchauer is Sr. Manager for Global Sustainability at IGT. Her scope of responsibility includes Responsible Gaming and Community Engagement, both of which are key components of IGT’s Sustainability Plan. She is responsible for the development and execution of IGT’s Responsible Gaming strategy and IGT’s related certifications through the World Lottery Association and Global Gaming Guidance Group. She also serves on several RG-related boards, advisory groups, and councils across IGT’s global service area. Jade was awarded the Vixio Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gaming Award for Gambling Compliance.

Michelle Malkin, PhD, JD

Michelle Malkin, JD, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University. Dr. Malkin’s research interests focus on problem gambling, gambling-motivated crime, and the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in the carceral system. In 2018, she received a research fellowship for her work on women and gambling-motivated crime from the Center for Gaming Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her dissertation on the Problem Gambling, General Strain Theory and Gender received the 2022 Dr. Durand Jacobs Dissertation Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Jeffrey Marotta, PhD, ICGC-II

Jeff Marotta has specialized in problem gambling for 20+ years, with over 100 publications and national presentations. Jeff has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor II. Utilizing his background in research and evaluation, clinical practice, service administration, and program and policy development, he now serves as President and Senior Consultant with Problem Gambling Solutions, Inc., and Pacific University Graduate Faculty.

Ken Martz, PsyD, ICGC-II, BACC

Kenneth J. Martz, Psy.D. MBA. is a licensed psychologist. He has worked in the treatment and management of addiction for the past 30 years across settings, including outpatient and residential settings. He was formerly the Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Martz has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. He has authored a dozen publications, and six bestsellers, including the international bestseller Manage My Emotions, translated into multiple languages. He has over 100 local, national and international presentations on addiction treatment.

Kitty Martz

Advocate and educator Kitty Martz is the executive director of Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery in Portland, Oregon. She is the president of the NCPG state affiliate Oregon Council on Problem Gambling and, as a person with lived experience in gambling harm, a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling Recovery Committee. She works directly with peers in offering multiple pathways of recovery, trains other peers and strives to hone and share best practices/policies. Her passion is participating in the evolution of legislative policies related to mitigating gambling harm. She can be reached at

Judith McCormick

Judy McCormick, CPS, graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and Secondary Education. She has worked in prevention for over 20 years. She’s been the Director of Prevention Services for Youth at the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems since 2010. Under her direction, DCGP has provided education on the dangers of under-aged gambling to over 23,000 high school students with an original, evolving, data-driven presentation she developed. The presentation now includes the intersection of gaming and gambling and has a Spanish version. Judy was the co-chair of the NCPG Prevention Committee’s Special Populations Subcommittee for three years.

Carin Miller

Carin Miller is a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center). As a Peer with the Center, Carin assists individuals in Maryland struggling with gambling addiction to navigate recovery treatment resources and find a personal, successful path to recovery. Her motivation and drive stem from working with persons seeking help with understanding, compassion, and empathy as she struggled with gambling addiction for over a decade. Her role at the Center allows her to provide one-on-one Peer support and connect others to critical community resources.

Janet Miller

Janet has been the Executive Director of the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling (LACG) since 2014 and previously served as the Deputy Executive Director since 2008. Janet had previously served as the Director of Clinical Services for the Center of Recovery-CORE since 1999. CORE is the residential treatment facility in Shreveport, Louisiana, that provides treatment for adults with gambling disorders. In 2001, NBC-Dateline aired a show about the CORE program along with interviews with Janet and the patients. From 1985-1999, Janet worked with Charter Medical Hospitals in substance abuse inpatient & outpatient treatment programs. She has had a private counseling practice since 1987, working with recovery from addictions and co-occurring disorders. Janet has participated in conferences, trainings and various educational courses for the past 34 years. She has presented at national and international conferences, colleges, to counselors-in-training in 17 states, Louisiana State Police Gaming Division, Louisiana Gaming Industry and many different businesses. Janet moved to Louisiana in 1985 from her home state of Minnesota.

Devin Mills, PhD

Dr. Devin J. Mills is a assistant professor in the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University. His research explores the development of substance use disorders and behavioral addictions, specifically focusing on video gaming disorder and gambling disorder, from social and personality psychological frameworks. In addition to studying the development of substance-based and behavioral addictions, he also examines the factors that promote and sustain individuals’ recovery from addiction. The outcomes of his work lend to the identification of factors that facilitate sustained recovery across the lifespan, which inform the development of prevention programs and clinical interventions.

Abdallah Mobaideen

Abdallah Mobaideen is the founder and Editor in Chief of Ohio in Arabic Foundation. Abdallah is a Jordanian journalist living in Columbus, Ohio since the end of 2017. Abdallah holds a master’s degree in journalism and new media. Before immigrating to the United States, he worked as a news editor, press reporter, writer, and trainer in media and academic institutions for many years. Abdallah contributed to designing, organizing, and innovating about 100 programs, courses, conferences, and workshops that addressed different specialized aspects of journalistic work. Through this work, Abdallah contributed to training many journalists and activists in language and journalism skills. The different educational, organizational, and administrative tasks enhanced academic innovative experiences.

Matthew Morgan, JD

Mr. Matthew L. Morgan (Chickasaw/Choctaw) currently serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, Board Member of Global Gaming Solutions (owner of Remington Park and Lone Star Park), Chairman of the Chickasaw Nation Tax Commission, Associate Justice for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Board Member of the Indian Gaming Association and the Executive Officer/General Counsel for the Office of Governmental Affairs & Partnerships at the Chickasaw Nation. Over Mr. Morgan’s 20+ year career at the Chickasaw Nation he previously has served as the Director of Gaming Affairs, two terms as the Gaming Commissioner for the Chickasaw Nation, associate General Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation and General Counsel to the Office of the Gaming Commissioner. Mr. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned his Juris Doctorate from the College of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Price School of Business, and lives on the Chickasaw Nation Reservation with his wife Shannon Morgan and their children.

Lia Nower, PhD, JD, ICGC-II, BACC

Dr. Lia Nower is Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. She is also Director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Program, a member of the Rutgers Addiction Research Center (RARC) leadership team and a research affiliate with the Sydney University Gambling Treatment Unit in the Brain and Mind Centre. Her research focuses on etiology, treatment, policy initiatives around harm reduction and responsible gambling, and big data analyses of online gambling and sports wagering. She serves as a Senior Editor for Addiction and Assistant Editor of International Gambling Studies. Dr. Nower is also the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Research Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington D.C.

James Nowlin

As a Peer for the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, Jim assists individuals within Maryland struggling with problems related to gambling and gambling addiction. Jim’s first career led him to join the police department where he believed he could help people and make a difference. After doing something he loved for many years Jim moved on and entered the customer service/sales field, where he excelled in management. Jim is now back doing something he is passionate about, as a peer recovery specialist and a person in long term recovery, he hopes to help others struggling with gambling, one day at a time.

Makinna Olmstead

Makinna Olmstead is a Military Research Associate (MRA) with Kindbridge Research Institute (KRI). She serves in the United States Navy and spent the first four years of her military career as a cryptologic linguist. She is now in the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program, a graduate pre-medical program at George Mason University. With KRI, Makinna’s research has focused on identifying reasons for the increased susceptibility of the military population to gambling disorder and analyzing the methods the DoD has implemented for prevention and harm reduction.

Sue parr

Sue is a Certified Prevention Specialist currently serving in the Substance Abuse Prevention section of the USMC. She has over 20 years of experience in her field, having served as a Drug Free Community Director under the White House Office on National Drug Control, as well as a national presenter for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. She also was a founding member and chair of the Community Coalitions of Virginia. She is certified as a specialist in all areas of prevention and is working with NCPG to lead the way in the prevention of problem gambling for the USMC. 

Nabil Pervaiz

Nabil Pervaiz is the Supervisor of Prevention Services at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati and is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist. He oversees Gambling Prevention Services, including coordinating with gambling clinicians for training and co-chairs a gambling-specific coalition. He sits on the Board of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio as the Treasurer and Advisory Board Member for Ohio Statewide Prevention Coalition Association. Additionally, he is a member of the Problem Gambling Advisory Board for the State of Ohio.

Neva Pryor

Neva Pryor is the former Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and was Gambling Coordinator for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities/Office of Addiction Services for the City of Philadelphia. She is an Independent Consultant and Life Coach for A Place for Peace. She specializes in DEI and social justice integrated addiction and mental health trainings, curriculum development, and community wellness. Neva’s mission is to use strengths-based, empowerment advocacy and healing tools to remove invisibility from individuals, families and communities experiencing marginalization, oppression, and health disparities.

Kendra Pugh, PhD

Kendra Pugh, PhD is a recent UMass Boston Sociology Doctoral Program graduate and a Health Science Specialist with VISN 1 New England MIRECC at the Bedford VA Medical Center. Dr. Pugh’s research focuses on the impacts of demographic and structural features of neighborhoods on gambling behavior and gambling among special populations, including Veterans, those with mental health and substance abuse disorders, and unhoused individuals.

Amanda Quintana

Amanda Quintana is the Program Manager at the National Council on Problem Gambling, where she is responsible for sustaining and strengthening NCPG’s programs and provides leadership and expertise in problem gambling prevention, education, responsible gambling, treatment, research, and recovery. Prior to her current position, Amanda managed a regional network of licensed mental health professionals, ensuring individuals and families impacted by problem gambling received the necessary treatment and support. She has a rich background in community-based addiction services and recently graduated from the esteemed Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master’s degree in Population Health Management.  

David Rebuck

David L. Rebuck was named by Governor Chris Christie in 2011 to be Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Rebuck had served for 23 years as a Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey, specializing in policy guidance and regulatory reform. He was assigned to the Governor’s Office as a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Christie in February 2010. During his tenure he has overseen numerous endeavors to modernize the regulation of gaming, including instituting regulatory reform initiatives, creating online casino gaming functionality and sports wagering options.

Diana Reuter

Diana Reuter is a Program Manager for the Problem Gambling Resource Center at NYCPG. Diana has a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a bachelor’s in education.  After several years as a teacher, she began working in the Mental Health Field and joined the PGRC in 2019.  Diana determined to help bring awareness and education of problem gambling to Long Island Communities while remaining dedicated to connecting callers to available services.

Desiree Reynolds, EdD

Desiree D. Reynolds, EdD, MPH, MCHES is a research associate for the Indiana University School of Public Health and has been the project manager for the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program at Prevention Insights for the past 15 years. This program provides training, research translation, and technical assistance to those working in prevention, treatment, and disordered gambling recovery in Indiana. Dr. Reynolds has facilitated trainings across Indiana and assists a variety of counselors and therapists regarding disordered gambling treatment best practices.

Zina Rodriguez

Zina is the Founder of Z&D Consulting whose mission is to create inviting, intentional & inclusive healing spaces for individuals to achieve mental wellness while creating pathways for success for individuals from underrepresented communities. Zina has 25+ years of experience in marketing and operations. She has held leadership positions for national and global companies. Zina is a social worker, certified addiction professional & Certified Diversity Executive.. She holds an MSW from Fordham University and a BSW from Rutgers University. Zina serves on the boards: Brain Love Foundation, NAATP, National Diversity Collaborative, Young People in Recovery, C4 Foundation & Simplifyance.

Anne Rogers

Anne Rogers leads the problem gambling and gaming prevention efforts in Virginia, building this from the ground up. She oversees all problem gambling and gaming prevention activities, including assessment, capacity building, implementation, evaluation, and building connections in gambling program resources and activities across Virginia. Prior to this Anne spent the past 20 years working for Maine’s public and behavioral health offices on substance misuse prevention and oversight of data and research systems. Anne has an M.Ed. in health education from the University of Houston and ABD towards a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Massachusetts.

Barbara Rollins

Barbara Rollins, MA, CFRE, Deputy Director, works with the Board, staff and stakeholders to expand the Membership program and to seek increased funding for NCPG from individuals, foundations, and corporations, including conference sponsorships and program funding. She was instrumental in creating the new Agility Grants program, which offers groundbreaking national grants to support problem gambling prevention programs in communities nationwide. Barbara also oversees business operations and communications for the organization and is integral to managing governance implementation. A seasoned nonprofit and arts management executive, she holds a MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College and a BA in Theatre from Dartmouth College and the Certified Fund Raising Executive professional credential.

Raffaello Rossi, PhD

Dr. Raffaello Rossi is Lecturer in Marketing and researcher at the Gambling Harms Research Hub at the University of Bristol. He is interested in the interface of social media marketing, public policy and consumer protection. He has worked extensively on the effects of gambling advertising to young people, resulting in national and international media coverage, discussion of the research in UK parliament, and led to several regulatory changes on what gambling advertisers are allowed to do. He contributed to two benchmark research projects – the IpsosMORI Synthesis Report, and the Biddable Youth Report investigating 1m gambling adverts post on Twitter.

John Schmidt

John Schmidt, BS, CPRS is currently the Prevention Services Coordinator for Youth for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, conducting presentations at middle and high schools throughout Delaware about disordered gambling and its connection to the gambling mechanics within video games and cell phones. John is clinically trained in disordered gaming and earned his Certificate in Studies in Gambling Addiction through the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He also conducts research in partnership with the University of Delaware in gambling and video gaming with Delaware 6th and 9th graders via in-depth surveys. As a member of the Criminal Justice Board for the DCGP and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, John relies on his lived experience and professional training to conduct presentations in juvenile correctional facilities throughout Delaware while also assisting in conducting bi-annual trainings with Delaware State Police cadets. He is passionate about successful community reentry and brings his invaluable experiences with addiction and recovery into every area of his life.

Andrew Schreier, ICGC-II

Andrew J. Schreier is an Independent Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and International Certified Gambling Counselor – II. Mr. Schreier graduated from Ottawa University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He is the Wisconsin Clinical Coordinator for Community Medical Services, providing medicated-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Mr. Schreier also provides individual counseling and consultation at New Life Resources, Inc. He presents on various topics related to substance use, mental health, gambling, clinical supervision, ethics, and other topics to statewide and national audiences. Mr. Schreier is the host of “Talking Addiction & Recovery” Podcast.

T. Schweimler

T Schweimler is a Research Manager at OMNI Institute providing project leadership and evaluation technical support with content area expertise in public and behavioral health. At OMNI, T has worked on projects including evaluation technical assistance and capacity building of SAMHSA funded substance use prevention efforts in Alabama and Virginia and a statewide assessment of behavioral health and wellness among LGBTQ+ Coloradans. T is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer driven by their passion for furthering equitable evaluation practices and dedication to lifting up marginalized communities’ voices through research.

Ala Shaikhkhalil, MD

Ala is a board member of the Ohio in Arabic Foundation and serves on a volunteer basis as communications director.  Ala, is a Jordanian pediatrician living in Columbus, Ohio since 2009. She trained at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she currently works. Her career path in medicine aligns with her role in Ohio in Arabic as she genuinely values the human part of each interaction, cares deeply about humanity, and is committed to the missions of service and mentorship.

Elizabeth Showalter

Elizabeth Showalter is a Research Associate at Health Resources in Action. She is experienced in cleaning and analyzing large and small datasets. Ms. Showalter led the cleaning and analysis of complex survey data for the 2021 Statewide Assessment of Gambling and Problem Gambling in Illinois. She is currently involved in an evaluation of the impact of a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center grant, focusing on housing, behavioral health, jobs and financial security. Ms. Showalter has a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

James Siva

James Siva, CNIGA’s Chairman, serves as the Vice Chairman for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in Cabazon, Calif. where he helps advance new economic development opportunities for the tribe and implements tribal policies that guide the 35,000-acre Morongo Indian Reservation. Born and raised on the Morongo reservation, he credits his family for instilling within him a deep commitment to serving his tribe and preserving its rich culture. His mother served on the Tribal Council in the 1990s. Siva graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity and Race Studies. He was the inaugural recipient of Columbia’s Native Alumni Seven Generation Award for Outstanding Community Service. Siva and his wife, Christina, are the proud parents of three children.

Jasper Sky

Jasper Sky is a one-year-old lab-shepherd mix rescued from Toledo Humane Society. She loves running and playing with her brother, playing tug-of-war, watching birds and squirrels, walking in the woods, socializing, especially with children, and cuddling. 

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is Head of External Affairs for Betknowmore UK.  Matt has has lived experience of gambling and is in recovery since 2014. Part of the senior management team he builds relationships with stakeholders across the national gambling treatment service and within the gambling industry.   His working background was in the media industry where he spent over a decade working in management for UK radio station talkSPORT heading up major live sports events.   Matt is passionate about the work the charity does to provide support and training services that prevent and address personal and societal harms caused by gambling.

Valerie Spicer

Valerie Spicer is a Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy Group with more than 35 years of gaming business experience. Prior to Trilogy Valerie was Executive Director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) where she worked extensively in the Tribal, private and public sectors of the growing industry. Spicer’s work has been recognized internationally. Spicer was named by the Arizona Business Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Business Women” in Arizona. She was named a “Great Woman of Gaming”, Proven Leader, by Casino Enterprise Management Magazine. One of the “Top 25 People to Watch” by Global Gaming Magazine. Invited annually to speak in London at ICE Gaming.

Jackie Stanmyre

Jackie Stanmyre, MSW, ABD, is Assistant Director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on gambling and sports wagering among athletes and coaches, mindfulness profiles among people who gamble, screening and interventions for problem gambling, and play-by-play analysis for online gambling and sports wagering. An experienced clinician and clinical supervisor, Ms. Stanmyre coordinates training and treatment projects for the CGS and data collection efforts for online gambling and sports wagering in New Jersey. She has recently completed a study of mindfulness profiles among gamblers and gambling behaviors and related mental health and substance use problems among a representative sample LGBTQ+ participants.

Sasha Stark, PhD

Dr. Sasha Stark, Greo’s Senior Research Lead, oversees development of Greo’s knowledge synthesis products, leads research activities, and works with new and existing stakeholders globally. Sasha is an internationally known gambling researcher, having worked in the field for 15 years. Previously, Sasha was Senior Researcher at the Responsible Gambling Council, leading primary and applied research and evaluation activities.

Christina Thakor-Rankin

Christina has over 30 years’ experience leading teams across all aspects of the global betting and gambling industry holding senior roles with some of world’s leading brands. She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups and associations across the world, advising on all aspects of betting, gaming and gambling, and continues to serve as a practicing Compliance Officer and trainer with particular focus on Responsible Gambling and AML. She is a National Council on Problem Gambling member and Co-Founder of the All-In Diversity Project.

Elizabeth Thielen

Elizabeth Thielen is the Senior Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services at Nicasa Behavioral Health Services with over 20 years in the substance abuse field. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor (PCGC). Elizabeth is passionate about increasing awareness of gambling disorder in the community and among helping professionals. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling, recently completing a term as President, and she represents Nicasa Behavioral Health Services on the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling. Elizabeth is also an adjunct faculty at the College of Lake County where she teaches about Process Addictions. As a former amateur athlete, Elizabeth is committed to helping athletes avoid disordered gambling as Illinois has recently implemented legalized sports betting.

Mary Beth Thomas, JD

Mary Beth Thomas is the Executive Director of the Sports Wagering Council of Tennessee. The Sports Wagering Council is the state regulatory agency that supervises compliance with Tennessee’s Sports Gaming Act, licenses sportsbook operators, registers sports gaming vendors, and ensures that the industry operates in a manner that protects the public interest of Tennessee. Tennessee currently has 13 licensed online sportsbook operators that accepted $3.85 Billion in wagers in 2022, which generated $68 Million in privilege tax revenue for the state. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Sports Wagering Council, Mary Beth served as General Counsel to Secretary of State Tre Hargett for eight years, where she was responsible for overseeing the licensing and regulation of daily fantasy sports, in addition to managing the legal and legislative work of the office. Mary Beth was a litigator at one of Nashville’s largest and oldest law firms, Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis prior to her government service. Her legal practice at Waller focused on representing corporate clients in a wide spectrum of commercial litigation. Mary Beth is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (B.S., Finance).

Ashley Trantham

Ashley Trantham serves as Manager, Responsible Gambling for TELUS Health (formerly LifeWorks). She is responsible for managing Responsible Gambling programs and services throughout North America including specialized problem gambling helplines, helpline-focused marketing campaigns, clinical training, and casino responsible gambling center staffing. Ashley managed a statewide problem gambling prevention program for several years and brings over 20 years of healthcare industry experience, holding positions with the National Association of Medicaid Directors as well as the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband and three rescue dogs.

Carondalette Turner, PhD

Carondalette Turner, Ph.D. has over 27 years of experience as an IS Auditor for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety Gaming Enforcement. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University and has also earned a master’s degree in public administration and a Business Accounting degree with a Minor in Computer Science. Carondalette spent thirteen years as an instructor and has become an expert in the field of IT auditing.

Sushmita upadhaya

Sushmita Upadhaya joined the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in May 2016. She holds a degree in Public Health from the University of the District of Columbia.  As the Program Administrator at NCPG, Sushmita oversees major programs including the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-GAMBLER). Sushmita is from Nepal and speaks English, Hindi, and Nepali fluently. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Rachel Volberg, PhD

Dr. Rachel Volberg has been involved in research on gambling and problem gambling since 1985. She has directed or consulted on numerous international studies, published extensively, and advised governments and private sector organizations on gambling legalization, the epidemiology of problem gambling, and public policy approaches to developing and refining services for problem gamblers and their families. Dr. Volberg is currently a Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and President of Gemini Research, her longtime consulting company.

Brian Ward

Brian Ward is a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor, SMART Facilitator, President of the Board of Directors for Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, and Host of Voices…The Podcast.

Heather Wardle, PhD

Heather is an academic specializing in the study of gambling behaviour, policy and practice. She worked in gambling studies for 15 years, leading some of Britain’s most high profile projects. She has recently published her first book Games without Frontiers?, looking at the growing intersection between gaming and gambling. She is currently leading the Lancet Public Health Commission on Gambling.

Marlene Warner

In her 22nd year with the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health, Marlene D. Warner works as the CEO of the organization, Principal with Spectrum Safer Gaming Advisors, and previously served as the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Board President. Marlene has led innovation on RG and PG practices and products in the US and across the world, advocated for strong policy and funding with legislators and regulators, and measured efficacy of these tools and resources. A undergraduate of Gettysburg College and a Masters graduate of George Washington University, she lives in Salem, MA with her husband and three kids.

Jaclyn webber

Jaclyn Webber, MA, LGPC has worked as the Drug and Alcohol Health Educator at the ATOD Prevention Center at Towson University for 4 years. She oversees TU’s substance use education, prevention, and outreach initiatives including leading the ATOD peer education program. Prior to entering her position at TU, Jaclyn worked at University of Maryland as the Alcohol and Other Drug Programs Coordinator. Outside of TU, Jaclyn serves on the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug (HECAOD) Misuse National Training Advisory Committee and is a NASPA Certified Peer Education Advisor.

James Whelan, PhD

James P. Whelan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis and Director of The Institute for Gambling Education and Research. He leads the Institute’s initiative to develop a research center for all individuals living in Tennessee – a project funded by Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. His research spans prevention, assessment, and treatment of gambling disorder.

Keith Whyte

Keith S. Whyte is Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).  He is recognized widely for his work across the US and around the world over the past twenty-eight years to promote responsible gambling and prevent gambling addiction.

Jim Wilkerson

Jim Wilkerson is the Administrator of Gambling Initiative Programs for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery. He is responsible for the development of gambling treatment and recovery services. Jim holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. He is a 2021 Griffiths Award winner and an Institute on Rehabilitation Issues Scholar.

Alyssa Wilson, PhD

Alyssa N. Wilson, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California. Dr. Wilson has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on interdisciplinary approaches to gambling etiology, assessment, and treatment. She has delivered over fifty national and international gambling assessment and treatment presentations. She co-authored The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and a chapter in the Social Work Desk Reference 4 on Gambling Disorders. When she isn’t working, you can find her traveling, painting, or cooking vegetarian friendly meals.

Cole wogoman, jd

Cole Wogoman joined NCPG in November 2021. He focuses on advocating for NCPG’s legislative agenda of problem gambling and responsible gambling policies to both the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. Cole also works with NCPG’s Board of Directors, state affiliates, and members on proposed state and local legislation and regulations across the country. Cole is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia. Previously, he served as legislative counsel for D.C. Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, advising her on a wide range of issues, including sports gambling, transportation, and agency oversight. Before his time in public service, Cole worked as an associate for the law firm of Willkie Farr and Gallagher. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson is the first Gambling-Specific Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center). Ken assists individuals in Maryland struggling with problems related to gambling and gambling addiction problems to navigate recovery treatment resources and helps remove any barriers for successful recovery. Before joining the Center, Ken has lived abroad, traveled the world, and brings a wealth of experience and insight to his work helping others. Seeing the light of recovery and hope begin to shine bright in those he assists, continues to be one of his greatest passions in life.

Alison Wood-Drain

Alison Wood-Drain, North Carolina Problem Gambling Youth Prevention and Treatment Specialist, manages over 60 statewide prevention grants. She trains and provides technical support on gambling as a high-risk behavior for adolescents, other co-occurring needs, and a “train the trainer” workshop on, Stacked Deck, an evidence-based prevention curriculum. Last year, she launched a program evaluation of the updated Stacked Deck curriculum with two bonus lessons in a learning management system. She has recently been working with a team to create a self-paced module series directed at behavioral health clinicians combining gambling, gaming, and digital media use as high-risk adolescent behaviors.

Glenn Yamagata

Glenn Yamagata is an economist and data scientist. For the past 7 years he has worked on problem gambling and related issues and has served as a consultant with Problem Gambling Solutions. He is on the Board of Directors of Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery. Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and Director of Analytics at The Gap. He holds masters’ degrees in economics and statistics from Yale University.

David Yeager

Dave is an eleven-year veteran of the U.S. Army and in recovery for a gambling addiction. Dave is the host of Fall In, the Problem Gambling Podcast for Military Service Members and Veterans and author of the book Fall In, a Veteran with a Gambling Addiction.